By Susan Gahan
Standing in the shower this morning, I looked up and said I am so tired. I cannot tell you how many times a day I subconsciously mumble that I'm tired. This lady gets over eight hours of sleep a day. I always think that I'm tired because I'm old. People say you're not that old. You don't even look your age. But let's face it, I am 62 years old. I have a husband, two children, and five grandchildren. I work full-time, and I'm talking over 40 hours a week, but I have been blessed to work from home. I have a little farm to take care of, a house to take care of, and anything else that comes my way. But everyone's life is this hectic.
I go to the doctor, and they ask, what do you do for yourself? How do you pamper yourself? The first thing that comes out of my mouth is I work. I love my job. I was blessed with my job. I love what I do. So I work a lot. I also read sometimes, and I get a mani-pedi every three weeks, but that's about it. They always say you need to do more for yourself. It will help if you quit working so much. My husband even said you work too much. So all of a sudden, and I don't know how it happened, I changed my work schedule. I get up from my computer more often. I don't sit there for a constant five hours. I do something around the house for a minute to rest my eyes. What do we do for ourselves? When do we have time to relax? This world has us by the tail instead of us having the world by the tail. Jesus said to rest in Him. Rest in Him!
Now that I've rearranged my work schedule, I need to figure out how to rest my mind. We all have to figure out how to unfrazzle our lives. It's not an easy thing. My newest thing is to not work on Sunday. I'm going to get everything done before Sunday. I can tell you one thing; I never work if my husband is home. After he commented about me working so much, it made me rethink things. Evidently, it bothered him so much that he said something. I've been married for 38 years. I think I owe him something. That is why my mindset changed. And I actually believe it was God putting it on my heart to change my perspective. Maybe we need to pray for that. Perhaps we need to pray for guidance. It doesn't matter how young or old we are; it doesn't matter how much we have on our plates because we all have a lot. What matters is that we pay attention to what God is telling us to do. It may be through your husband. It may be through your children. It may be through your doctor or even how your body feels. Let's all pray about that. Let's give us what we need during these trying times. Let's rest in Him. It makes me think about lying in some cool grass with my eyes closed, giving him all our worries and troubles. Picture yourself taking in the noises of the chirping birds and the smells of honeysuckle and fresh cut grass; soul-soothing! When was the last time you took the time to open your imagination?
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